2016 Autòcton Celler
|Grapes||Macabeu, Xarel lo, Xarel lo Vermell, Malvasia de Sitges|
Very old vineyards of Xarel lo, Xarel lo Vermell, Macabeu and Malvasia de Sitges fermented and aged in a mixture of terracotta amphora, large oak barrels and stainless steel tanks to gain a super texture and layers of intricate flavours. Albert sells this as a humble sounding 'table wine' because the vineyards straddle two DOs, Penedes and Tarragona. Albert does not really mind about the DO, what is important to him are these very old-vine indigenous varieties. Delicate herbal and yellow flower notes float in the glass with a whiff of dry straw on the nose. Which leads to a fresh, layered, textural palate with good weight, and a finish which shows a bit more power, this is a fascinating white of purity and freshness. The crisp, pithy finish is completely addictive. L&S (Jul 2018)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Albert Jané, who we (and many of our customers) know well from his Acústic Celler in Monsant, has some new (but very old) vineyards. He wrote to us in September 2016: 'I would like to show you my new project: Autòcton Celler (autòcton means local, indigenous, autochthonous). It is a project from a selection of the oldest vineyards of local varieties like Sumoll, Xarel lo, Xarel lo Vermell, Malvasia de Sitges, Subirat Parent, Macabeu... fermented in tank or big barrels or amphores in Mas Vilella which is a very old traditional Catalan house dated from XVI century.
'The area is 60 km in the south of Montsant and Priorat where I am living, it is table wines because part of the vineyards are part in DO Penedes and part of them are DO Tarragona, I don’t care about DO I am looking for very very exciting vineyards... in fact I am living in the old Masia with 4 chickens , 1 rooster, 3 dogs... just upstairs of the cellar... next time you come back I will show it.'
How could we resist!
The first releases are two exceptional and original whites with the constitution of Pouilly Fuissés, but with a different character and expression.
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